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Wednesday November 26, 2014

Assassin's Creed: Unity CEO Apologizes With Free DLC

Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat has extended a bit of an olive branch to those of you that bought Assassin's Creed: Unity in the form of free DLC.

To show our appreciation for your continued support, we’re making the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Unity Dead Kings DLC free for everyone. For Season Pass holders, we will also offer the choice of one additional game from a selection of Ubisoft titles for free. More details on the offer for Season Pass holders can be found here: AC Unity FAQ

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Gaming [H]eadlines

DayZ PC Beta Due In 2015 @ Joystiq

Free Torchlight @ Blue's News

Humble Sega Bundle Detailed @ Shacknews

PSN Black Friday Sale @ VG24/7

BitFenix Pandora Core mATX Case

The Legit Reviews team seems pretty impressed with the BitFenix Pandora Core mATX case they just reviewed. Here's a quote to get you started:

If you pick your components wisely with the space limitations of the Pandora in mind, then the Pandora will make an excellent mATX or mini-ITX system. It has a very stylish exterior and provides many of the features enthusiasts demand in their cases.

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Kim Dotcom Declares He Is 'Broke'

Hmmm, I had no idea that renting mansions, running for office and spending millions on attorneys when you have no income could make you go broke. roll eyes (sarcastic) On a related note, I could have sworn Dotcom bragged about Mega being worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Whatever happened to that?

Kim Dotcom, the founder of the seized file-sharing site Megaupload, has declared himself "broke". The entrepreneur said he had spent $10m (6.4m) on legal costs since being arrested in New Zealand in 2012 and accused of internet piracy.

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Keyboard Waffle Iron Kickstarter

Oh yeah, I'm definitely in for one! cool

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: NZXT Phantom 820 @ Technic3D

Cooling: Reeven Ouranos RC-1401 @ OCC

ETC.: AMD A4-5000 Processor @ Hardware Secrets

Corsair H1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset @ BmR

Motherboards: MSI 970 Gaming @ Guru3D

Storage: Crucial MX100 SSD @ Vortez

ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme Motherboard

There is a review of the ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme motherboard posted at PureOC today that is certainly worth checking out. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

Over the last decade, ASUS’ Rampage Extreme Series motherboards have been very popular, with the reputation of great overclocking stability, while being among the top performing motherboards in the industry. Today, we have a chance to put its newest edition to the test and see if ASUS can remain at the top of the list. Let’s take a look at a full in depth view of the ASUS Rampage V Extreme paired with our Intel 5930K.

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Why Are So Many Video Games Broken At Launch?

Why are so many video games broken at launch? Because consumers put up with it. Maybe these companies would pay attention if people started voting with their wallets.

Even after installing Ubisoft's "day one" patch, we encountered extreme drops in frame rate -- read: low teens -- and main story missions with broken objectives (forcing a manual reset). The game's developer/publisher went as far as to create a live update website to keep owners updated on Unity's ongoing patch work. Some folks are experiencing outright game crashes, and Ubisoft has a totally insane fix that involves deleting your list of in-game contacts. To illustrate how insane this is, allow me to point out that this year's Assassin's Creed is being sold on the hook of online, multiplayer co-op play.

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NZXT Kraken X31 Liquid CPU Cooler

The crew at ThinkComputers has taken the NZXT Kraken X31 liquid CPU cooler around the block a few times to see what it is made of.

Today we’ll be taking a close look at NZXT’s newest 120mm AIO, the Kraken X31. NZXT has some notoriously well loved and great performing coolers in their armory, let’s find out if their newest, smallest offering lives up to those same standards."

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Digital Copyright Preventing Car Mods?

This is just stupid. I was under the impression that, when you buy a car, it is yours and you can do with it as you please.

In a development that illustrates just how much cars have become mobile computers on wheels, a privacy group is warning mechanics and car enthusiasts that tinkering with the computers that run dozens of vehicle components, without a manufacturer's approval, may constitute a copyright violation.

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Stupid Kickstarter of the Day

This is the dumbest thing I've seen all day. A one-key keyboard that has a hashtag on it? frown

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Samsung Speeding Up Restructure By Selling Defense Business

Wait a minute, Samsung has a defense business?

According to executives of component suppliers to Samsung's defense and chemical affiliates, Samsung's top brass had been mulling how to get rid of these affiliates as they didn't have much synergy with its key businesses and was underperforming.

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Machine Learning Kicks Into Higher Gear At SC14

The applicability of machine learning extends far beyond the digital realm. Jonathon Cohen, a machine-learning specialist at NVIDIA, described work being done by researchers at University of California, San Diego, who are beginning to use GPU-accelerated machine learning to help map the distribution of coral species across the ocean floor. In the past, the only way this exceptionally complex task could be approached was for marine biologists to pore over images of reefs, sift through what’s coral and what may be sand or algae, and then identify specific types of coral based on appearance. When done by hand, scientists could only label one or two percent of the images from coral reefs. Today, computers can do 60 percent of the images, with only 5 percent less accuracy than scientists. And the UCSD scientists are on their way to increase this to 90 percent.

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Tuesday November 25, 2014

NVIDIA Multi-Frame Sampled AA Video Card Review

Make sure you guys take a moment today to read our NVIDIA Multi-Frame Sampled AA Video Card Review if you haven't done so already. Trust me, I think all of you will find this a very interesting read.

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NVIDIA's Multi-Frame Sampled AA (MFAA) technology is available in the latest GeForce driver release. We look at performance and image quality on the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 and see if this is something gamers can benefit from. Only a handful of games support it right now, if yours is on the list, give it a spin.

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Assassin's Creed Unity Patch 3 Details

Ubisoft has a little good news for those of you that bought Assassin's Creed: Unity. The company says patch number three is rolling out now with over three hundred fixes. The bad news is that framerate issues are coming in a later patch. frown

Patch 3 includes over three hundred fixes designed to improve your Assassin’s Creed Unity experience. While you might notice some improvements to framerate as a result of Patch 3, we still have a future patch planned to further address framerate concerns.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Aerocool DS 200 @ Technic3D

Raidmax Vortex V3 @ ocaholic

Cooling: NZXT Kraken X31 @ HT4U

Motherboards: Gigabyte X99 Gaming G1 WiFi @ eTeknix

PSU: EVGA SuperNova 1600 P2 @ HiTech Legion

Video: Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 970 @ Vortez

Google Predicts What You Are Getting for Christmas

Could you imagine what you'd get for Christmas if your search results determined your present? Yikes!

To get a sense of the hottest gifts likely to sell out this season, we used Google Trends to identify the top trending toys, devices and apparel searches on Google Shopping. Game consoles and tablets continue to be the top gifts trending on Google Shopping, but wearable technology such as the "fitbit" is also on the rise this month. Certain retro toys are making a comeback this season. Thanks to the new movie "Ouija," searches for "Ouija boards" are up 300% since October. And queries for "Barbie Dream House" and "My Little Pony" are up as well compared to last month.

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Blu-ray Discs Make Solar Cells More Efficient

Here's a really good use for that Blu-ray version of Maleficent you bought because your significant other forced you to. wink

Researchers at Northwestern University have hit upon a way to give Blu-ray discs a second chance at usefulness: They make excellent molds for imprinting solar cells with quasi-random nanostructures. Even the ones with terrible movies on them.

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To Save Google Glass You Must Kill It

To save Google Glass you must kill it? Hell, I guess all we have to do is wait then because Google is doing a great job killing Glass all by itself. wink

To be fair, we the media are still paying a certain kind of attention to Glass, much as The National Enquirer pays attention to aging celebrities who may not be long for this world. A recent Reuters piece catalogs the many ways developers are defecting from Glass. To which we say: stick a fork in Glass already, Google. It’s done.

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Popular Security Suites Open To Attack

This is kinda scary.

Among the consumer products AV-Test checked, only Eset Smart Security 8 marked 100 percent of executables for both DEP and ASLR, although both Avira Antivirus Pro and Norton Security were over 99 percent and eight more products were above 90 percent. Among the eight business endpoint security solutions examined by AV-Test, only Symantec Endpoint Protection was at 100 percent, with G Data AntiVirus Business close behind. Many products have a shockingly low percentage of protected executables, such as Trend Micro OfficeScan's 18.7 percent and eScan IS's 17.5 percent.

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Senator Uses Piracy Report to Pressure Credit Card Companies

I thought credit card companies had already cut off services to websites that facilitated piracy. confused

Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has sent letters to Visa and MasterCard on the topic of online piracy. Citing a report from Netnames detailing the activities of the world's top cyberlockers, Leahy urges the services to stop doing business with all 'pirate' sites.

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Kickstarter Cancels Game That Requires Your Blood To Play

Gee, I wonder why a game that literally requires your blood to play was removed from Kickstarter? roll eyes (sarcastic)

Now, with Blood Sport, we’re taking the consequences of the gaming world and having them affect you in real life. So every time you get hit in the game, blood will be intravenously drawn from your arm.

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Ubisoft Withholding The Crew Review Copies Until Launch Day

I looks like Ubisoft hasn't learned its lesson. The company is withholding review copies of The Crew until the game goes on sale. I don't know what Ubisoft has to hide but the last time they pulled this we ended up with Assassin's Creed: Unity. frown

For this very reason, The Crew will be available to media to begin their reviews when the game launches on December 2. There will be absolutely no embargo on any type of coverage once the game is available for sale. While we fully anticipate that you might see some reviews immediately at launch largely built around the preview sessions we facilitated during the past months or the limited content of the closed and open betas they won’t be based on optimal conditions or reflect the finished game.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

DoA 5 Last Round for PC Revealed? @ Blue's News

FTC / Sony Vita Settlement Detailed @ Joystiq

Sunset Overdrive Weapon Pack @ Shacknews

WildStar Releases Voyage Of The Nomad @ Massively

Corsair Obsidian 250D Review

Head on over to techPowerUP today and check out their review of the Corsair Obsidian 250D. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

We have reviewed most of the Obsidian series; that is, with a few exceptions. One such exception is the tiny but capable 250D, the smallest variant in its family of enclosures. This review of the Corsair Obsidian 250D will reveal whether Corsair managed to shrink the size of the chassis by as much as possible without compromising on any of the aspects that make Obsidian enclosures so appealing.

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Home Depot Facing At Least 44 Lawsuits Over Breach

I am actually surprised the number of lawsuits isn't higher than this.

There’s no ifs ands or buts about it the fallout from the recent massive data breach at Home Depot is far from over. The company wrote in a filing today that it’s got the specter of state and federal investigations looming over it as well as at least 44 civil lawsuits in the U.S. and Canada.

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Samsung Seeks Broad US Ban On NVIDIA Products

The patent lawsuits between NVIDIA and Samsung just got kicked into high gear. eek!

Samsung Electronics is attempting to bar a huge swath of Nvidia products from entering the United States, as part of an escalating legal battle between the two tech companies. In a complaint filed Friday with the US International Trade Commission, Samsung called on the federal agency to investigate Nvidia for what it says are violations of Samsung patents.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Fractal Design Define R5 @ BmR

ETC.: ASUS Strix Pro Headset @ ocaholic

PSU: Antec EDGE 650W @ Hexus

Storage: OCZ ARC 100 240GB @ Bjorn3D

Western Digital 2TB My Passport @ CDRLabs

Steam Makes Gift Trade Policy Changes

Valve has made changes to gift tradability on Steam. Thanks to everyone that sent this one in.

All new games purchased as a gift and placed in the purchaser's inventory will be untradable for 30 days. The gift may still be gifted at any time. The only change is to trading. We've made this change to make trading gifts a better experience for those receiving the gifts. We're hoping this lowers the number of people who trade for a game only to have the game revoked later due to issues with the purchaser's payment method.

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Playing Snake On A Hacked Back-lit Keyboard

Some guy modded his Coolermaster Rapid-I keyboard so he could play Snake on it. cool

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